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Introduction and General Information about the APPIC Match

Introduction and General Information about the APPIC Match

Updated September 4, 2016

INTRODUCTION TO THE APPIC MATCH


An introduction to the APPIC Match, including a discussion of how the Match works and how it benefits applicants and programs, can be found in these FAQs.


THE TWO-PHASE MATCH PROCESS


The 2017 APPIC Match will be conducted in two "phases," with each phase involving the submission of Rank Order Lists by programs and applicants to determine the placement of applicants into positions.

In Phase I of the Match, applicants and programs submit Rank Order Lists and a matching process will be carried out using those Rank Order Lists. The results of Phase I of the Match will then be distributed.

A second selection process will begin immediately upon the conclusion of Phase I of the Match, with the goal of placing applicants who did not obtain a position in Phase I into positions that remain available after Phase I. Programs with available positions, including positions left unfilled in Phase I, will offer those positions to applicants in Phase II of the Match. Applicants who registered for Phase I but did not obtain a position in Phase I will be eligible to participate in Phase II. Those applicants will use the AAPI Online service to submit applications to programs with available positions. Applicants and programs will submit new Rank Order Lists for Phase II of the Match. A second matching process will be carried out using those Rank Order Lists, and the results of Phase II of the Match will then be distributed.

No additional fees will be charged to applicants and programs that participate in Phase II of the Match.

While it is anticipated that Phase II will fill the vast majority of positions that remain available, APPIC will operate a "Post-Match Vacancy Service" that begins upon conclusion of Phase II and will allow programs to announce unfilled or newly-funded positions that become available into the Spring and Summer.


MATCH ELIGIBILITY


IMPORTANT NOTE: Students from non-accredited doctoral programs that have not been awarded an accreditation site visit will NOT be eligible to participate in the APPIC Match beginning with the 2018 Match (i.e., the 2017-18 application process for internship positions beginning in 2018). Please see this FAQ for more information. This change will NOT affect student participation in the 2017 APPIC Match.

Applicants: An applicant is eligible to participate in the APPIC Match if he/she meets ALL of the following requirements:

  1. Is eligible under APPIC's "Intern Applicant Policy," which includes the requirement that an applicant must be matriculating through a doctoral program that is eligible to participate in the APPIC Match. A list of eligible doctoral programs can be found here. Please note that there may be both eligible and ineligible doctoral programs at the same school or university. Applicants who have already graduated from their doctoral programs are not eligible.

    While an applicant must be matriculating through an eligible doctoral program, there is NO requirement to be registered or paying tuition for any particular semester in order to be eligible to participate in the Match.

    Students who are enrolled in doctoral-level respecialization programs or who attend Universities outside of the U.S. and Canada should consult the Intern Applicant Policy for participation requirements.

  2. Has not been placed into a position by the APPIC Match.

  3. Has not accepted or committed to any other internship position.

  4. Has been authorized to participate by her/his doctoral program.

Applicants who meet all four of these requirements are eligible to participate in the APPIC Match. Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may not register for the Match and may not apply to or attend APPIC-member internship programs. Students who do not meet these requirements and who wish to consult with APPIC may do so by using APPIC's Informal Problem Consultation process.

Applicants who have been matched into a position by the APPIC Match, or who have already accepted an internship position, are contractually bound to attend that internship program and may not seek other internship positions.

Students who are seeking postdoctoral positions may not participate in the APPIC Match, as the Match is for placement into psychology internship positions only.

Internship Programs: All APPIC-member internship programs are required to participate in the Match. Policies for participation by non-member programs may be found here.


MATCH REGISTRATION


Registration for the APPIC Match typically begins in early August.

Applicants: Internship applicants register for the APPIC Match via an online registration process. Registration procedures are provided on the National Matching Services (NMS) web site.

Programs: Internship programs that are APPIC Members will automatically be sent registration materials. Non-APPIC member internship programs that are interested in participating in the Match must contact NMS directly to request program registration materials.


MATCH POLICIES


The APPIC Match Policies govern the behavior of applicants and programs that participate in the Matching Program. It is imperative that you read and understand these policies early in the process.


NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE MATCH


APPIC operates a free e-mail list service, called "MATCH-NEWS," that provides participants with up-to-date news and information about the Match. While anyone is eligible to subscribe to the list, it is strongly recommended for all Match participants (including applicants, internship Training Directors, and academic Directors of Clinical Training). Students who are not yet ready to apply for internship may also benefit from subscribing in order to familiarize themselves with the process. If you subscribe, you will receive occasional e-mails (usually no more than 4 to 5 per month) that provide hints, tips, and news about the APPIC Match along with "late-breaking news" items posted by internship Training Directors. Many applicants and training programs have told us that these e-mails have been extremely helpful in guiding them through the Matching Program. Please see this page for instructions on subscribing to the MATCH-NEWS list.


MATCH DATES


The schedule of dates for the APPIC Match is available here.


FEES FOR THE 2017 MATCH


Internship applicants pay $110 to register for the APPIC Match, plus a fee for unlimited use of the APPIC Directory Online ($20 for students who are enrolled in doctoral programs that are APPIC Associates, $50 for students from non-Associate programs).

APPIC-Member internship programs pay a Match fee of $150, collected along with the program's annual dues. Non-Member internship programs pay a Match fee of $295, collected at the time of Match registration (this fee allows the program to use the APPIC Post-Match Vacancy Service during the same selection year at no additional charge).

APPIC Doctoral Program Associates (DPAs) pay a Match fee of $305, collected along with the program's annual DPA fee.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MATCH


In addition to the information available on this web site, you may obtain information about the APPIC Match from the following sources:

  1. The MATCH-NEWS e-mail list, described above, is a free e-mail list that provides up-to-date news and information about the APPIC Match.

  2. The "Frequently Asked Questions" pages on this web site provide extensive information about the Match.
     
  3. The National Matching Services web site contains extensive information about the APPIC Match. You may also contact NMS directly at (800) 461-6322 or via e-mail at psychint@natmatch.com.
     
  4. You may direct any questions or concerns about the Match to the APPIC Match Coordinator, Dr. Greg Keilin, at gkeilin@mail.utexas.edu or (512) 410-0002.